Have we not become "enemies of the Cross," bringing about our own "destruction," as the Epistle describes it? The Epistle advises, however, that we first of all "stand fast in the Lord" and "be of one mind in the Lord" with one another in order that He might "reform the body of our lowness" in personal and public life and be delivered from the "depths" (Gradual).
Christ will turn around to help us anywhere on the road of life if we only touch "the hem of His garment" in faith. But if we surround ourselves with a multitude of creatures and created things who laugh their Creator to scorn, "making a tumult," He will only come in when we put them out (Gospel). Hence , when we "pray" (Communion), our chief petition should be for an "increase of our service" to God (Secret), and to "overcome human dangers" so as to share in the "Divine" life.
The votive collect Pro Propagatione Fidei for the missions is made is the Mass today.
Our religion is a missionary faith, and we are required to try and bring it to all people throughout the world. In the case of lay persons appeal to other people can be made through good Christian example which might possibly be noticed by others who inquire about the Church. Otherwise, we must support missionaries through prayer and donations. A collection is taken in Catholic Churches today for the missions. Pray especially today to St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, Patroness of the ForeignMissions, for many vocations!